The FBI and Brookline Police detectives are investigating a sophisticated cyber scam targeting the town’s Treasury.

In the scam, known as a Business E-Mail Compromise scam (BEC) took place in late November, according to a written statement from Town Administrator Mel Kleckner.

According to the FBI’s website, a BEC targets companies that regularly perform wire transfers as well as businesses that work with foreign suppliers. The scam compromises legitimate business e-mail accounts to transfer funds without authorization.

After Town Treasurer Jeana Franconi became aware of the scam, the town’s Information Technology Department, the Brookline Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately launched an investigation, according to the Kleckner.  

“These agencies, and in particular the Brookline Police detectives who are trained in responding to cyber scams and skilled assistance of FBI personnel, are credited for their prompt and effective action and preventing the loss of any town funds,” Kleckner said in the statement.

In the statement Kleckner said that the town has taken several steps to ensure “that the town is fully prepared to prevent and respond to cyber attacks of this nature if they should occur in the future.”

Kleckner declined to provide further details citing the need to protect the ongoing criminal investigation as well as the privacy of town employees who were involved.